Advancing Women In Law

Advancing Women In Law | ChilliIQ Sydney Event

The prominence of women in the legal sector is underlined by the fact that there are more female law graduates than males leaving law school. With the percentage of women higher than ever before, more firms are implementing diversity and gender parity measures to ensure that female solicitors get equal chances to succeed.

Research also shows the importance of having gender diverse teams and the relevance this has on clients and financial returns, yet where is the tipping point? As we celebrate 100 years of women in the legal sector, the Advancing Women in Law event will look at how far women have come, where they are now and the direction the future is heading.

The event will cover all areas of the legal industry including: the judiciary, the legal sector and corporate counsel. There have been some strong advancements for women in law yet there is still road to be paved for future growth into the next decade and beyond.

The advancing women in law programme has been designed to tackle current pressing topics, including:

  • 100 years of women in law: The path paved and the road still to go women in judiciary - The challenges and attraction of the courtroom
  • Leveraging your personal power - to boost opportunities for women in leadership
  • What does success look like and how did you measure it?
  • Developing gender diversity policies - as part of the fabric of a firm
  • Growing networks and expertise 
  • Diversity as a game-changer
  • Leadership, strategy and culture - engaging and developing our next generation of lawyers
  • Building a pipeline and creating opportunities for the next generation of women 
  • Changing the conversation about sexual harassment in the legal profession

Speakers List:

  • The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC | Governor of NSW
  • Julia Banks | Business leader, lawyer, and author
  • Kate Eastman AM SC | Barrister | New Chambers
  • Justice Julie Ward | Chief judge in equity | Supreme Court of NSW
  • Amber Matthews | Country managing partner | DLA Piper
  • Juliana Warner | Partner | Herbert Smith Freehills & President 
  • Sharon Cook | Group executive, legal & commercial services | NAB
  • Sue Kench | Global managing executive | King & Wood Mallesons 
  • Deborah Stonley | Director - People & Culture | Maddocks
  • Rebecca Maslen-Stannage | Senior partner | Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Kate Jordan | General counsel & executive general manager company secretariat, risk & governance | Origin Energy
  • Mariam Veiszadeh | CEO Media Diversity Australia
  • Rachel Besley | Chief Strategy Officer - Partner | Deloitte tax & legal | Law Society of NSW

Who Should Attend?

This one day event is designed for everyone who believes that developing and nurturing the role of women in the legal industry benefits all, this includes everyone in the legal profession: Managing Partners, CEP, COO, Partners, Heads of HR; Diversity & Inclusion; Senior Associates, In-House Counsel and both corporate and government legal departments.

Full programme can be located here.

Registration can be found here.